Homeschooling has many benefits, including the ability to learn at a pace that caters to the individual student. While this allows for a personalized education, some parents are still curious as to how their student is doing on a larger scale. MAP testing allows you to gain a better understanding of how your student’s education is progressing. Understanding how to interpret the results of MAP testing is essential to the growth of your student.
Understanding the Score
The RIT, otherwise known as Rasch Unit, is the student’s overall score on the MAP test. When a student completes their MAP test, they receive an RIT score for reading, language, math, or science. This score is based on the student’s knowledge of the curriculum rather than the student’s age or grade level. RIT scores are used to track your child’s progress over time. You can also utilize RIT scores to spot gifted students. Next to the column labeled “RIT Score” is a column that is labeled “Range.” Range refers to the range that MAP anticipates the student will fall into should they be retested.
Understanding Percentile Rank
The percentile rank is the percentage of students in the national norms group. This is not the same thing as calculating a student’s growth. This is because you cannot assume a student’s growth based on percentile ranking over time. A student’s growth depends on their starting RIT score, as well as their grade and subject.
Understanding Lexile Range
Knowing how to interpret the results of MAP testing helps find reading materials that match your child’s reading level. The Lexile range is a score resulting from a correlation between NWEA’s RIT score and the Lexile scale that helps identify reading material that is at an appropriate difficulty level for an individual student. Knowing this metric ensures that the student can comprehend their reading materials. You can use this number to find specific books within your student’s reading level.
Homeschool Boss offers an online MAP assessment test that makes it easy to understand where your student is in terms of their education. This is an online and untimed at-home test that accurately assesses your child’s percentile ranking and Lexile levels. This assessment is for K-12 students and includes reading and math, with the option to add science and language for an additional charge.
The package is $60 for your first student and $45 for additional students for reading and math. Language usage is an addition $10 per student and Science is an additional $20. This package also includes 30-60 pages of personalized learning statements that itemize what your child is ready to learn. It is our goal to provide homeschool families with convenient and comfortable testing resources. We believe MAP Growth at-home is a superior testing experience, and we are confident that it will make your homeschooling experience more convenient.